British ‘boutique’ analogue synthesiser and accessory designer/manufacturer Analogue Solutions is proud to announce that bona fide synthpop pioneer Phil Oakey has added a Telemark V2 semi- modular analogue monosynth to the stunning synthesiser collection currently residing at The Human League’s legendary HL Studios in Sheffield…
Human League main man Phil Oakey needs little in the way of introduction. Having co-penned some of pop’s finest musical moments with memorable hits spanning several decades — notably 1981’s chart-topping perennial favourite ‘Don’t You Want Me’ (which sold well over a million copies in the UK alone, making it the 25th biggest-selling single of all time there, then shifted another million copies to secure the coveted US number one spot during the following year), he helped forge a popular music landscape-changing template for pre- programmed, synth-driven song structures that are still reverberating around the world today.
Back in the day, The Human League ‘Mk I’ co-founder Ian Craig Marsh wasn’t adverse to rhythmically riding a mid-Seventies-vintage Roland System 100 semi-modular analogue synthesiser’s resonance and filter faders to create a track’s Model 104 Sequencer-driven bass and snare drum on the fly! No need to do that today, of course, for HL Studios is packed floor to ceiling with old and new synths to die for. Indeed, it’s fair to say that what Phil Oakey doesn’t know about synths simply isn’t worth knowing!
Now something of a connoisseur, Oakey owns a considerable collection of synths, sequencers, and drum machines at HL Studios, many of which are analogue. Which is exactly why he has taken delivery of an Analogue Solutions Telemark V2, a dual-VCO, rack-mountable, semi-modular analogue monosynth with multimode VCF featuring lowpass, highpass, bandpass, and notch filter types, which will be perfectly at home there since the healthy socket selection dominating the right-hand side of its spacious control panel means it can comfortably be patched to work with other modular systems and analogue sequencers for added flexibility. Features like those, combined with a generous helping of modulation routing options, provide the Telemark V2 with an extraordinarily diverse range of sound possibilities, including leads, basses, effects, and percussion, as well as being able to be used as an effects processor thanks to its audio inputs (feeding audio signals directly into its mixer).
Another distinguishing feature of the Telemark V2 is its 100% analogue voice and modulation circuitry formed from discrete components. Nothing travels through digital circuitry here, so turning a knob directly affects the associated analogue circuitry to produce a characteristic sound straight from the Seventies/early-Eighties — albeit reliant on today’s reliable technology!
Improvements to Telemark V2 over and above the original version of the instrument include adding an octave divider (SUB-VCO/DIVIDER) — for creating a fuller, fatter sound or for use as a clock divider designed to be a source of lower frequencies (particularly suited to rhythmical usage) — and a ring modulator (RING MOD), typically used for fashioning metallic-type sounds (although it has other uses).
Little wonder, then, that the original Telemark and now its V2 successor are so sought after by those in the know. Chances are the characteristic sounds of Phil Oakey’s new and improved Telemark V2 — in limited-edition black, no less! — could well be being heard on some more memorable musical moments from The Human League in the not too distant future. We wish them well.
Telemark V2 is available to order online directly from Analogue Solutions (http://www.analoguesolutions.org.uk/concussor/telemark.htm) for £749.00 GBP (excluding VAT and delivery) or through one of their dealers. Alternatively, the keyboard- equipped Telemark-k V2 is available for £1,099.00 GBP (excluding VAT and delivery).
Analogue Solutions Polymath Mega Modular Synth to feature: 4 VCOs. Each have Pulse Width, Portamento, Saw wave, Square Wave. VCO1 has Sub-Osc output too. Multimode VCF based on (not a clone) the Oberheim SEM (LPF, BPF, HPF, Notch) 2 LFOs 2 ADSR Envelopes 8 Step Analogue Sequencer with sliders Arpeggiator Poly Mode (technically this is Paraphonic). Unison Mode Ring Modulation Sample and Hold Noise Multiples Adaptors Spring Reverb MIDI to CV Converter Mixer Inverter Headphone Amp VCA Real Wood sides made by Lamond Design 2 Gooseneck Lamps included Solid steel and aluminium construction, with handy carry handle.
*Available for order now!
Preliminary information & web site:
Station X , is the amazing cute little monophonic analogue synth from Analogue Solutions. There are 6 sequences in total, status indicators show fx’s when used.
Sonalksis Stereo Tool ( convert mono to stereo )
Arts Acoustic Reverb
X-Delay (Orion native DAW fx)
Tube Distortion (Orion native DAW fx)
Here are a couple of Analogue Solutions Oberkorns working together.
Oberkorn 1 is performing the duty of clock source and divider while Oberkorn 2 is stepping at a divided rate and controlling transposition of all CV synths — hands free in real time.
Multiples are used for CV Pitch.
EKG sequencer is the primary sequencer controlling the pattern while Oberkorn 2 is governing pitch changes.
Synths heard: Roland System 100m, Analogue Solutions Telemark x 2
Quick video demonstrating some gating f/x via the Defibrillator and Oberkorn sequencer. Some Leipzig-s is thrown in for good measure.
Utilizing the Oberkorn + Defibrillator can create some really interesting gate f/x when used with the AS Spring Reverb module.
No processing other than the spring reverb is used.
Synths: Telemark, Leipzig-s
Quick demo of a 6HE eurorack that Youtube alias ‘pjoris2′ has put together, details below – and as always the more we get the feeling that you are inside a space station the better
Analogue Solutions SQ8 sequencer 2x
Analogue Systems RS-80 VC-LFO 2x
Doepfer A-110 Standard VCO 2x
Doepfer A-114 Dual Ringmodulator
Doepfer A-106-1 X-Treme Filter
Doepfer A-188-1C BBD 2048 Stages
Doepfer A-156 Dual Quantizer
Doepfer A140 ADSR: 2 stuks
Doepfer 2x84TE 6HE Low-Cost-Case
Doepfer A-138b Mixer exponential
Doepfer A-183-1 dual passive attenuator
Doepfer A-131 VCA (logarithmic)
Doepfer A-132-1 Dual Low cost VCA
Doepfer A-180 multiple: 2x
Background video description:
I seem to have acquired a lot of eurorack delays. So I thought, let’s make some demos. These are however a lot of work. I also note I have a lot of dust on my modular! But anyway: here is the first: a demo of the Analogue Systems RS-390 echo (digital delay). I got bored with filming the synth itself, so I added a few shots of the vegetable patch on my balcony … Probably next demo will be the Pittsburgh Analog Delay. But don’t hold you breath, this may take a while.
Any suggestions for other patches to try are welcome.
This is bass — so headphones required!
Here’s a little bass jam put together with 2 Studio Electronics ObieRacks, an Analogue Solutions Oberkorn analogue sequencer, and a Telemark V2 semi-modular synth. A five voice!
The Telemark (under the ObieRacks) is providing the backing pitchy, swooshy f/x, and you’ll see the binary inputs of the Oberkorn being patched — which creates new patterns on the TM in binary fashion.
The ObieRack has a master filter cutoff (for both SEMs) that is adjusted during the video. Additionally, the SEMs are switched to bandpass mode for some variety in the sequence.
No overdubs, no FX, no frills — just a quick recording of the dry/raw juicy analogue sounds.
just for fun!
Ade Fenton (Gary Numan producer) loves the Analogue Solutions Vostok synthesiser.
Loves the true analogue sound.
This demo features a variety of sound types and sequences (traditional and non-traditional) demonstrating the Vostok’s sound palette and variety of timbres. All sounds, with exception of the obvious acoustic drums (used for context), are created on the Vostok using either traditional patching or the pin matrix — or a combination of both.
Sounds are being driven by either the on-board sequencer, MIDI sync (via GATE to CLOCK), or direct MIDI connection to a controller keyboard.
Emphasis for this video was more traditional synth sounds (basses, leads, sequences) as there are plenty of non-traditional (fx, ambient, noise) sound demonstrations on YouTube. The filter section at the heart of the Vostok was also a focal point of this video and is tweaked extensively for the various sound types.
Also, see the Telemetry (mini Vostok) in action at the following link:
KEY FEATURES OF VOSTOK Pure analogue voice circuitry. Suitcase style design. 22×22 matrix pin panel. Rugged Steel construction. Quality chrome catches and cool steel spring handle. Stuffed full of electronics. No front panel space is wasted. Joystick, retro-VU meter, MIDI, jack socket patch points, more, more, more!
SUB frequencies = headphones required…
Here’s a first look at the Analogue Solutions Telemark V2.0 synthesizer. The new release features the addition of a SUB OSC / DIVIDER as well as a RING MOD. The inclusion of these two sound sculpting elements have a vast and powerful effect on the overall sound of the TM.
As usual, the Telemark is being sequenced via the Oberkorn MK3 analogue sequencer (black face). The AS CVQ02 Quantiser was also used between the Oberkorn and the Telemark for some of the more melodic sequences heard. Transposition was done via MIDI.
The AS Spring Reverb module also makes an appearance serving processing needs for the TM.
At video end, a live melody is played atop a sequenced (Oberkorn) TM synth line.